Pinelake issues statement after youth minister arrested for child exploitation

A Rankin County youth minister has been arrested for child exploitation. Tyler Swaggard, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal exploitation of a child. Flowood police say multiple complaints from young church members, later determined to be Pinelake, sparked the investigation between the church and police. Pinelake released this statement after Swaggard’s arrest: “We are aware of the recent arrest and charges involving a former Pinelake staff member. When the allegations first came to our attention, we disclosed them. promptly reported and have begun to work closely with the authorities to assess the situation. These accusations are very serious and deeply troubling. This is a heartbreaking betrayal of our standards, especially from someone in a position of trust. Our priority is to guide and care for our church family, and we will continue to work diligently to provide care and support to all those affected by this situation.” Swaggard is no longer in its position with the church. He is being held in Rankin County Jail without bail and is due in Flowood City Court for the first time on Wednesday.

A Rankin County youth minister has been arrested for child exploitation.

Tyler Swaggard, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminally exploiting a child. Flowood police say multiple complaints from young church members, later determined to be Pinelake, sparked the investigation between the church and police.

Pinelake released this statement after Swaggard’s arrest:

“We are aware of the recent arrest and charges involving a former Pinelake staff member. When the allegations first came to our attention, we promptly reported them and began working closely with the authorities to assess the situation. These accusations are very serious and deeply troubling. This is a heartbreaking betrayal of our standards, especially from someone in a position of trust. Our priority is to guide and care for our church family, and we will continue to work diligently to provide care and support to all those affected by this situation.”

Swaggard is no longer in his position with the church.

He is being held in Rankin County Jail without bail and is due in Flowood City Court for the first time on Wednesday.

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